Kick Off The New Year By Attending Free Family-Themed Events For Veterans And Their Families

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Now that the holidays are over and 2019 has kicked off, January is a great time to start the New Year off by spending quality time with your family and friends. An easy and inexpensive way to accomplish that is by taking them to some of the many family themed that Vet Tix has tickets available for throughout the country.

Below is a sampling of the thousands of events Vet Tix has free tickets to for Vet Tix members. You'll need to sign up and create an account for free to see the events we have available. Don't see anything in your area? We get new events daily so be sure to check your emails for new events.

Jan 8th – Waco, TX. – NCAA Men's Basketball, Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Jan 8th – Cleveland, OH. – NBA Basketball, Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

Jan 9th – Berkeley, CA. – NCAA Men's Basketball, California Golden Bears vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Jan 9th – Tucson, AZ. – Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song

Jan 16th – Stockton, CA. – Sesame Street Live!

Jan 19th – San Diego, CA. – A Night of Comedy with Louie Anderson

Jan 19th – Salt Lake City, UT. – Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

Jan 25th – Newark, N.J. – Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Jan 27th – Phoenix, AZ. – WWE Royal Rumble

Jan 29th – San Antonio, TX. – NBA Basketball, Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns- 1st Responders Night

Jan 30th – Washington D.C. – Washington Wizards vs Indiana Pacers

Jan 31st – Fresno, CA. – Disney on Ice Presents Dream to Dare

Jan 31st – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Spurs vs Brooklyn Nets

Jan 31st – Detroit, MI – Detroit Pistons vs Dallas Mavericks

To become a VetTixer and to request tickets to these and hundreds of other events, which are free except for a very small delivery fee, visit to create a free account. Once you've created an account and we've verified your status as a currently serving member of the military or a veteran, you can view and get notified of the thousands of upcoming events throughout the country.

Steven Weintraub is Chief Strategy Officer of the Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) and a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Vet Tix is ranked as the 2018 Top-rated Nonprofit in the United States by GreatNonprofits. Follow Steven Weintraub on Twitter @weintraub_sd

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